If Monterrey, Mexico is, indeed, the center of the Latin alternative-music universe, then native sons Kinky are doing a great job of spreading the gospel. The five-piece collective's self-titled debut is an infectious collision of wah-wah guitars, pounding dance beats, and home-cooked rhythm and brass. The band injects just enough authentic tang in its music to raise an eyebrow with the traditionalists, while playing songs demented enough to lure in fans of new-school Mexican electro-pop acts like Plastilina Mosh
. Produced by British tastemaker Chris Allison, whose previous clients include Coldplay
and the Beta Band
, the album floats on a blissful groove throughout, snaking through styles as diverse as retro shout-along funk ("Mas"), slick, Moby
-like trance ("The Great Spot"), and Daft Punk
-influenced electro ("Ejercicio #16"), without overpowering Kinky's own emerging identity. --Aidin Vaziri
Monterrey, Mexico, has been drawing A&R people from all over the place as of late. The rich industrial city has provided an eclectic sound backdrop that in some way contrasts itself from the harsher sounds coming out of the capital - pop seems to be the norm in the North, a sound perhaps most familiar to American audiences in the form of Plastilina Mosh (the Juan Manuel
albums in particular). PM's upbeat sound and electro leanings had more to do with Money Mark than with their Nortec and Nopal Beat counterparts elsewhere in Mexico, but somehow they missed the mark with the American audience.
Now Monterrey pop gets a second chance with a self-titled album (produced by Coldplay and Beta Band producer Chris Allison) from the five members of Kinky. Their debut album updates the happy-fi Plastilina Mosh sound into a pop-friendly mix of hip-hop, funk and lounge-y atmospheres. Kinky, instead of relying on kitsch, go straight to the heart, with well-crafted songs and hard-edged dance beats. It's a blend that isn't far from Rinôçérôse's live disco-house sound, with flutes, hammond organs and reserved vocals packaged with traditional Mexican music played on guitar, bass and drums. Side trips into Latin jazz, electro funk and bossa nova get in the mix, complementing love songs, club stories and portraits of everyday life in Monterrey. Their light humor and candid imagery allow them to avoid Latin cliches, and the result is a well-balanced cosmopolitan soundtrack to an everyday world where borders disappear through the sounds in our ears.
Ejival -- From URB Magazine